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"De Klok" 56-key Dutch Street Organ
By Rein Schenk

[ John Page wrote in 020129 MMDigest, "Furthest Traveled
 [ Mechanical Music Item":

> During the 1950s (I think) the 56-key Dutch street organ travelled
> to South Africa where it toured around as a mobile advertisement for
> Phillips.  I don't know how long it spent there, but it came back to
> Holland.  In 1976 it was finally exported to Australia, where it
> travelled to the west coast and back.  So this organ has travelled
> in excess of 20,000 miles.

I read the message of John Page about a 56-key Dutch street organ that
traveled to South Africa for Philips.  This is not quite true.

The organ he mentions is the 56-key street organ "De Klok" of Henk
Moehlmann.  This organ was sent to Indonesia (Celebes) in 1947 to play
for one month, during a fair organized to please the Dutch soldiers
who were at war with the Indonesian freedom fighters.  Then in 1952
Moehlmann took it for three months to Capetown, South Africa, to
celebrate the fact that in 1652 South Africa became a Dutch colony,
occupied by Jan van Riebeeck.

In 1964 Moehlmann took it to the Central American countries for an
advertisement tour for the Philips factory.  It played in several
countries, like Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica and Aruba,
Curacao, etc.  In 1976 it was exported to Australia.  So I think it
travelled far more than 20,000 miles.

Rein Schenk

 [ Hans van Oost wrote about two similar Dutch street organs named
 [ "de Klok"!  Read about it in 980422 MMDigest   -- Robbie


(Message sent Wed 30 Jan 2002, 11:30:50 GMT, from time zone GMT+0100.)

Key Words in Subject:  56-key, De, Dutch, Klok, Organ, Street

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